I have been trying to visit the Winter Park Farmer’s Market every Saturday as often as I can. The last time that I had gone, I had signed up for Tantalizing Tea’s mailing list and received a coupon in the mail! The next time I went I was really excited to see that the yixing teapots being sold in Tantalizing Tea’s tent were on sale and that I could use the coupon on top of the savings from the sale!
I’ve been casually looking into acquiring a yixing pot for more than a few months now. I’ve always been drawn to the interesting shapes and earthy colors that yixing pots come in. Since I started looking, I’ve had my eye on this cute little whale-shaped yixing teapot. The thought of pouring tea from the mouth of a tiny whale seemed so cute and whimsical.
Luckily for me, there was one cute little whale teapot waiting for me at the Farmer’s Market!
I had thought that I would use my first yixing pot for Quangzhou Milk Oolong tea that I had fallen so in love with. After I’d picked out the teapot and started looking through the different teas that were for sale that day, I was told that they had just started carrying a new Magnolia Oolong tea. Having tried a magnolia oolong once before (in Illinois), I was excited to hear this. I smell the tea and… ooooh my gosh. The smell is so light and flowery (of course)!
I have to say that I like floral teas but sometimes find that the flower scent in the teas is way too strong. The Magnolia Oolong smells so balanced – you can still faintly smell the tea under the magnolia. I was so delighted by the smell of this tea that I decided to use my new yixing teapot for it.
Instead of doing too much of my own research on how to season a yixing teapot, I decided to take Nikki’s (from Tea Escapade) research and use the technique that she found. It was pretty easy but just took some time so I couldn’t be impatient.
I’ve been using my teapot for a couple of weeks and can say that it already seems to enhance the Magnolia oolong. I’m hoping to see an even greater difference in the upcoming months that would allow me to compare and contrast – it would be something new to blog about.
The Magnolia Oolong from Tantalizing Tea tastes best when brewed for about three minutes in 160-180F water. It doesn’t seem to be too picky about steep temperature – I haven’t brewed a bitter batch yet.
Hopefully Tantalizing Tea will offer this tea on their website soon so that others who don’t have a brick and mortar store close-by can try it. It is one of the most well-balanced floral teas that I have ever tried.
As for yixing pots, if you have one, what tea have you reserved your teapot for?